Armed police keep watch during France’s training session at Wembley Stadium. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

France captain Hugo Lloris insists initial doubts over the sense of playing tonight’s friendly against England were quickly replaced by a desire for a(...)

In action for his current club Toulouse, France’s Louis Picamoles. Photograph: Getty Images

France’s number eight Louis Picamoles has revealed that he will join Northampton next season, when his contract with Toulouse expires. Picamoles, 29, (...)

France’s Morgan Parra and Brice Dulin try to halt New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Richie McCaw turns and leads with a glance. The other unsmiling giants immediately know the command is rapidity. Seven disciples, led by Kieran Read, (...)

New Zealand players celebrate after going over for another try in their rout of France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand 62 France 13 Richie McCaw leads with a turn and glance over his shoulder. The other unsmiling giants know what needs doing. Quick b(...)

Thierry Dusautoir has rejected reports of a French rebellion against coach Philippe Saint-André. Photograph: Afp

France captain Thierry Dusautoir has dismissed claims of a rebellion against coach Philippe Saint-Andre on the eve of their World Cup quarter-final ag(...)

French newspaper L’Obs Sport have reported the France squad have rebelled against coach Philippe Saint-André. Photograph: Afp

France’s rugby players are reported to have staged a “discreet” rebellion against their coach, Philippe Saint-André, less than 48 hours before Les Ble(...)

All Black coach Steve Hansen gives a team talk to his players during a training session at Swansea University. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

Steve Hansen, usually a safe bet to begrudgingly provide the bare minimum, slips into a seat and surprises most with some unexpected candour, charisma(...)

In the face of adversity, Ireland’s replacements against France delivered individual moments of calm excellence, particularly Ian Madigan, whose task at outhalf was hugely daunting. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

I first played rugby alongside Paulie O’Connell for the Ireland schoolboys in 1998. Even then you could see a born leader. All he had to do was walk i(...)

New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams meets the media in Swansea. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Search any old rugby man’s bookshelves and Wallace Reyburn’s The Unsmiling Giants will be found. It’s an account of the unbeaten All Blacks tour of(...)

 France’s Wesley Fofana is tackled by Ireland’s Sean O’Brien during the Rugby World Cup pool D match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: EPA

France boss Philippe Saint-Andre has hit out at officials for failing to act on what he branded Sean O’Brien’s “assault” on Pascal Pape in Sunday’s 24(...)